Thursday, 15 April 2021

 GW/MW-001 – Plynlimon

15/04/2021

Sunny but freezing in the breeze

Thanks to everyone who called me today whilst I was on Plynlimon GW/MW-001 (6 points).  Parked at SN 797 840...still £5.00 I'm afraid.

My route to the summit today

This is new

Nearly there

46 in the log with some challenging contacts using QRP on VHF and HF. The sun was out but it was freezing in the breeze. I'm glad I set up outside the cairn as the summit and circular cairns were busy but all keeping well away from me .. crazy man talking to himself with fishing rods in the air 😀... nevertheless I did have some nice conversations all socially distanced. i.e shouting...

I set up outside of the cairn

Good run of chasers on 2m although not without issues which need to be resolved. The battery on the FT270 (5 watts) went flat immediately and I had to change over to the Wouxon KG-UV8G (9.5 watts on 2m) which also had some issues so I think some testing needs to be done before the next outing.

09:35

2E0YYY/P

144MHz

FM

Mike on G/HSP-021

09:44

MW0OFA

144MHz

FM

Frank

09:45

2E0PWJ

144MHz

FM

09:46

MW7GWR

144MHz

FM

Dave

09:47

MW0VLO

144MHz

FM

Barry

09:47

2E0AGB

144MHz

FM

Allen

09:48

2W0LLJ

144MHz

FM

Jenny

09:49

G4HQB

144MHz

FM

Philip

09:50

M0OVW

144MHz

FM

Gillian

09:51

G8XYJ

144MHz

FM

Matt

09:52

GW8SFT/M

144MHz

FM

Dave

09:52

2E0BTR

144MHz

FM

Geoff

09:53

2W0LVE

144MHz

FM

Chris

09:54

GW6OVD

144MHz

FM

Mal

09:58

2W0BML

144MHz

FM

Ben

09:59

GW0MHK

144MHz

FM

Len

10:03

G4IOQ

144MHz

FM

Tony

10:05

GW4XXF

144MHz

FM

Bruce

10:06

GW3KCQ

144MHz

FM

Eric

10:08

GW4ZPL

144MHz

FM

John

10:09

GW8GLW

144MHz

FM

Irfon

10:12

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

Karen

10:13

G0RQL

144MHz

FM

Don

 

60m was not working and only two close chasers made the log. Others had been listening but couldn’t hear me. 80m was better.

10:20

MW0OFA

5MHz

SSB

Frank

10:22

MW0VLO

5MHz

SSB

Barry

10:32

2W0LVE

3.5MHz

SSB

Chris

10:35

G0FEX

3.5MHz

SSB

Ken

10:36

G0RQL

3.5MHz

SSB

Don

10:38

G4OBK

3.5MHz

SSB

Phil

10:39

MW0VLO

3.5MHz

SSB

Barry

10:39

2W0LLJ

3.5MHz

SSB

Jenny

10:40

GW4JQP

3.5MHz

SSB

Peter

 

80m loading coil in place

Nice view from my seated position and out of the wind

Although there were good signal reports on 40m and 20m the calls dried up quickly and I did have a feeling that the battery for the KX2 was not performing as before so a replacement is needed I think.

10:43

MW0VLO

7MHz

SSB

Barry

10:44

F4WBN

7MHz

SSB

Chrisitian

10:50

DJ5AV

7MHz

SSB

Michael

10:50

EA2DT

7MHz

SSB

Manuel

10:51

EA1DHB

7MHz

SSB

Ricardo

10:51

EA2CKX

7MHz

SSB

Pedro

10:52

2W0LLJ

7MHz

SSB

Jenny

11:17

SM5LNE

14MHz

SSB

Jan

11:18

MW0VLO

14MHz

SSB

Barry

11:18

EA5K

14MHz

SSB

Miguel

11:19

SV3IEG

14MHz

SSB

Dinos

11:20

2W0LLJ

14MHz

SSB

Jenny

11:23

EA7GV

14MHz

SSB

Jose

11:24

OM8KT

14MHz

SSB

Martin

 

Visitors in the lower cairn

My route down..nice circular route today

My activation set-up

HF:- Elecraft KX2 (8 watts) and 4Ah LiPo

HF Antenna – End-Fed with loading coil for 80m

HF Antenna support – 6m Sotabeams Carbon Fibre Fishing pole

******

VHF/4m Antenna support – 4m Life’s a Breeze Glass Fibre Fishing pole

(VHF) Yaesu FT270 2m-FM (5watts) into a ‘Slim G

Wouxon KG-UV8G (7.5 watts)

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX